After making a bad decision when she was very young Kia Clementine finds herself in hell Then suddenly within the time it takes for a shotgun to blast her hell changes Completely Then out of the blue she sees Sampson Cooper her celebrity crush A man the whole world knows is decent A man the world knows is loyal A man the world knows is good All of these very unlike her now dead husband He’s sitting at a table right next to hers And she catches his eye Terrified of the interest Sam shows in her Kia finds the courage to go out with him Not long after she shares her dark secrets and Sam shares that he’ll stop at nothing to gain her trust As Sam leads Kia to heaven Kia realizes that Sam is living his own hell But although he gives her beauty and she gives him everything he withholds his trust Even with all the beauty Sam shows her Kia wants it all But Sam forces Kia to make a heartbreaking decision and only she can decide It’s all or nothing


10 thoughts on “Heaven and Hell

  1. says:

    Re read number 500 001 slight exaggerationMiracle of miracles I didn't cry this time I think this is because after half a million re reads slight exaggeration I'm finally toughening upI had a thought I wonder if Sam's secret work was the same as Lucas Starks? Hmmmm???Anyways loved it AGAINWhen you’ve been through hell it’s easy to recognise heavenI cried on my exercise bike in the kitchen baking cookies and sitting on my bed playing Solitaire Listening to the audio of Heaven and Hell was EMOTIONAL I should have been prepared considering I had read it before but no I still blubbered like a baby The pain is the same whether you’re reading it or someone else is reading it to you My boys would come in to check on me as I was exercising and find me sitting on my bike still exercising but sniffling The first time was a surprise and they were concerned but once I reassured them the subseuent times they giggled or shook their heads with a smirk on their face Yeahreal funnyI started Heaven and Hell hoping it would keep me motivated to keep up my exercising routine The exercising while listening was new previously I only listened to audios while I baked Unfortunately I was sneaking in listens between exercise sessions A cake HAD to be bakedbiscuits were NEEDEDI’ll just listen to one chapter to RELAX Instead of just listening while exercising I was finding any excuse to turn out the world and return to Sam and Kia’s love storyI LOVE SAM COOPERand Kia’s pretty awesome too Kia’s life was heaven for a small time in high school when the star uarterback asked her out Kia finished school married her sweetheart Cooter and they set up their house together Her heaven turned to HELL when Cooter became abusive physically and mentally She tried to escape a few times but didn’t want to risk her family and friends lives because she knew Cooter would come for her and someone would pay Kia’s family and friends knew she was suffering but she refused to ask for help They leave her be but worry about her Eventually Cooter dies a horrible death and Kia gains her freedom Some shocking truths come to light after his death with some huge repercussions A life insurance payout sets Kia up for life Her first step towards freedom is to take a trip overseas She’s in Lake Como and cannot believe her eyesSAMPSON COOPER Sam is Kia’s Pervathon the guy she internet stalks and knows EVERYTHING about How she deals with her first meeting is funny but also really cute Sam Cooper has had a very interesting life He grew up in an abusive household became a football star lost his brother in the war left his football career to join the army and lost his best mate in the war too It’s a wee bit of a burden to carry on his very broad shoulders and I hated seeing him struggle with it on his own He sees Kia and thinks she’s very cute Once he hears her story he decides to keep herTheir journey to love is not all hearts and flowers Lots of issues need to be addressed and barriers that have been in place for a long time need to be climbed and obliterated From the very beginning you know that the challenges will be worth it because this couple needs to be together They fit each other and that fit is GOOOOOOD Holy shamoly Sampson Cooper is HOTOk now for the audio part of this review Felicity Munroe does a really good job It’s not an easy story as there are a few different accents I think she does most of the accents well Unfortunately I nearly fell off my exercise bike laughing at her Aussie accent for the character Thomas Thomas was described as Amercian with a slight Australian accent considering he grew up and lived there for ten years and visited family there regularly All I can say isThomas must have spent eual time in New Zealand and South Africa too As an Aussie I’m probably going to pick it up but it really did make me chuckle The only other accent that was a little hard to take was Ozzie He’s the sheriff from Kia’s hometown and he did NOTHING to help Kia get out of her hell Now I’m not the biggest fan of this character but his oldboycharmslowtalkingdrawl drove me up the bloody wall I even had to speed it up as it was too slow My favourite accent from all of the characters was Celeste’s French one Maybe someone French would find fault but I thought it sounded lovely and very easy to listen toI loved Heaven and Hell to read and listen to and I will definitely re readlisten to it again I’m going to stick with my 5 star rating for both the e book and the audioI’m an Aussie chick who loves to read and review romance drink coffee be a Style Setter and stalk David Gandy To see of my reviews fashion food and pervathons


  2. says:

    Huge 5 starsWhen I finished reading Heaven and Hell I knew this book would hold a special place in my heart Heaven and Hell is emotional thought provoking heartfelt and given the subject matter surprising funny Unlike some of Kristen Ashley's other books Heaven and Hell is not action packed fast paced or full of uirky bigger than life secondary characters It's a story that deals with the traumatic effects of domestic abuse The book has a subdued reflective and serious feel to it Kristen Ashley however adds wonderful humor to counterbalance the weighty subject matter The relationship between the hero and heroine Sampson and Kia really shined for me These two characters could not have been magnificent together Sam is the perfect alpha hero for this particular story He's honorable gentlemanly intense charismatic and demanding without be overbearing He's also very crude and very foul mouthed It's hard to make me blush Sam however succeeded in doing just that and  than once He's the perfect hero for our heroine Kai who while having insecurities that come from years spent in an abusive relationship is a cute witty loyal and endearing heroine Although one always has to pay particular attention to the dialogues in a Kristen Ashley book the communication between the hero and heroine was fantastic It was refreshing and gratifying to finally have a heroine who could hold a full conversation with the hero I found myself laughing and crying and cheering for them While the secondary characters didn't play a huge role in this book they were delightful endearing and fantastic I believe Heaven and Hell's true impact comes after the book is finished It's a story that's not easily forgotten and will always be with me There is no doubt about it Kristen Ashley is one talented storyteller  If you're already a Kristen Ashley addict or interested in checking out her books be sure to stop by our Kristen Ashley Addict's Support Group here on Goodreads


  3. says:

    He took something precious from you your ability to trust now’s your time to fight and get it backJust live in the now Kia keep livin’ in the now Fight back and learn to be fearless” Oh I LOVED this book Seriously swoooooon worthy hero vulnerable yet tough as nails heroine and a character centric story about tortured characters finding love hope friendship and healing A really heart warming readThis book had me grinning like an idot from chapter one but always with the undercurrent of a deeper darker story behind every character It made me suee it made me laugh out loud it made me choked up and teary and it made me swoony Kia spends seven years trapped in a love less abusive marriage to a man who gave her empty promises When he is suddenly killed she is liberated and free to live her life again but she is still shadowed by the pain and fear he instilled in her Determined to not let this stand in her way she goes on vacation to Paris where she sees in her hotel dining room her celebrity crushex football starex badass commando and all round kind and awesome guy Sam Cooper The maitre d’ seats them together and they have an instant and grin inducing connection that neither of them can deny From that point on their are inseparable and their beautiful romance beginsWhile this book is focused on character development than some of KA’s other books I’ve read it still has it’s share of some actions scenes – there are hit men badass body guards and even a cameo from Rock Chick’s Lee NightingaleI LOVED Sam He was just what I love in a book hero He didn’t play games accepted no bullshit and was crazy as all hell for Kia He was deeply perceptive and read Kia very well He understood that she was damaged by her ex husband understood her fears and concerns and did everything in his power to help her deal with it never giving up on digging to find the truth behind her emotions not allowing her to hide true feelings about anything from him both in happy times and in fights and helping her heal and learn to trust again “I know you’re freaked I know you’re scared and I know you can come up with a million reasons that you’re not ready all of which will be excuses But now that I know exactly what’s behind those shields you got up you gotta know that knowin’ that makes me no less into you In fact it makes me into you And you’ll learn because I’ll prove it to you I’ll never hurt you” He wasn’t perfect though he made mistakes along the way but he reads her sees that he’s hurt her apologizes and reassures her that it’ll never happen again “In a healthy relationship you’re allowed to get pissed and in my face Fuck I need you to do that so I know what buttons not to push where I can’t go and avoid those places And I’ll do the same for you Its part of learning how to take care of each other Its fightin but its a form of communication and it’s also a form of trust We have words we come to terms we learn about each other and we move on stronger” For those of you who have read the Dream Man series he really felt like a cross between Hawk and BrockHonestly it was so refreshing to see a totally functional couple from the first time they meet Any obstacle that came in their way they found a way around “You got one life never use it just to breathe” And I LOVED Kia I think she is my favorite KA heroine so far She was smart funny and sassy She was damaged and vulnerable on the inside but still fighting and not afraid to speak her mind with open honesty Both Sam and Kia were talkers so it make for some wonderfully awesome dialogue There were times when I was bookmarking at least 2 uotes per page ”There are very few very fuckin’ few people Kia who get what’s precious in this world They work their asses off for pure shit and think they’d fight and die to keep it You don’t fight and die for shit You fight and die for things that matter You are the first woman I’ve met outside a life that leads you to understand that shit who gets that And straight up baby you gotta know I like that a fuckuva lot” Sam helps Kia learn to live and feel safe in the moment First he tells her then he shows her He helps her pull all her inner strength to the surface and work though and dispel the fear and vulnerability left in her from her abusive ex “I am not him Kia Your dead husband was an asshole And now he’s gone You’re in bed with me I’m here because I wanna be here and when we’re done talkin’ about that asshole and he’s gone again I’m gonna get you wet and hot for me and I’m gonna be in you because I wanna be in youThere are not many men who would not kill to be here and that man is now me and and he’s gonna be me for a good long time” We meet a lot of side characters in this book that are almost as much of an integral part of the story as the main couple Their stories moved me to tears than once and added beautifully to the heart of the story “Anywhere is heaven as long as it’s with you” 55 starsHow I see Kia and SamFor of my reviews visit Aestas Book 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  4. says:

    Yes I'm putting this through again because this story is still just 099 and if you've ever thought about trying Kristen Ashley's stories but didn't know where to start this is a great place And the price is right too surprises here I really enjoyed Heaven and Hell and it’s clear that Kristen Ashley knows how to write compelling heroes and heroines regardless of their line of work But what I loved most about this book even than the others I’ve read by Ms Ashley is the way the story enveloped so many characters on such a deeply emotional level It shows how a single event can devastate so many lives and at the same time how those affected can help each other healSampson Cooper is a tortured man and no two ways about it Kia Clementine is a tortured soul too This story is so poignant so moving and at the same time so Kristen Ashley in that all the characters are strong even when they’re vulnerable I’m sorry I know I’m not making a lot of sense but I can’t really put it into words Suffice it to say Heaven and Hell is a wonderful story Though from what I understand it’s a stand alone there is the possibility for another book and I really do hope we can have Luci and Hap’s story someday If you're a Kristen Ashley addict or just interested in checking her books be sure to stop by our Kristen Ashley Addict's Support Group here on Goodreads


  5. says:

    Heaven and Hell5 Heaven Stars Another winner from Kristen Ashely When it comes to her books I feel like I can’t go wrong This one was on the intense side at times but a truly beautiful story of second chances hope and healing Kia Clememntine has spent the last seven years of her life in an abusive marriage After her husband is killed she is ready to start living her life She wants to make big changes and live life to the fullest so she starts by taking the vacation of a lifetime While in Paris she finds herself sitting by Samson Cooper Sam Cooper is that guy They football starsoldier that she has cyber stalked She has had a crush on him for the longest time Kia and Sam started falling for one another on her trip She never imagined that a man like Sam would ever be hers Once they come back to the states they have a lot to face Kia’s past isn’t as far in the past as they thought Sam will do anything to protect her Kia was strong She has been through so much but she tried not to let it effect her new life She wanted to make positive changes To never be the victim again Sam oh Sam Cooper I loved this man He was understanding when it came to Kia’s past After hearing about his pastchildhood you see why He was sweet sexy swoony and all around alpha Sam wasn’t perfect He had issues of his own that he had to work through Being at war and seeing the things he’s seen changed him He might not have been perfect but he was exactly what Kia needed Once he has her he’s never letting her go Sam and Kia had off the charts chemistry but it wasn’t just that Even though the sex scenes made me melt there was depth to them than just that There was intimacy lots of love and healing Abuse is never an easy topic to read about I can imagine it is just as difficult to write about but KA does it flawlessly Heaven and Hell is the story of two people who were living in their own hell came out of the ashes and gave each other heaven A emotional and touching read I would highly recommend “You got one life never use it just to breathe”


  6. says:

    I just finished a few minutes ago and I'm overwhelmed with emotion This is one of the best romances I've ever read and I'd give it a thousand stars if I couldI finally understand why so many of my friends love Kristen Ashley She writes from the heart She certainly touched mine with this exceptional book


  7. says:

    UPDATE Rating edited September 21 2013 From 5 stars downgraded to 4 starsSam saidWherever you are however you got there if it's good you're meant to be there either because you earned it or life led you there and you were smart enough to hold on5 starsThe prologue of Heaven and Hell is utterly gut wrenching and intense Kia Clementine is a victim of domestic abuse and she had to put up with a mean husband Then he kicked me in the back I bit back my cry at this new pain focus and thanked God he was only wearing a sock When he kicked me he did it no matter what footwear he was wearing and since his job meant he had to wear steel toed boots I'd learned a sock was far far betterWhile on vacation in Italy Kia meets her secret crush former football star Sampson Cooper Sam is a loyal and caring man Kia acted kind of shy and reserved and I could relate since we know what she had to undergo with her ex Moreover you don't meet celebrities all the time It's the beginning of a beautiful love storyKia is mentally scarred and even though Sam had to deal with his own demons he is helping her to find her self esteem and self confidence It's a very bumpy road back to a happy and fulfilling life and Kia needed to process her violent marriage Healing is always a matter of time but then again sometimes it's also a matter of opportunity Sam offers this opportunity and is right there to catch her when she's falling He comforts her but he is also there to give her inner strength Yes Sam has a way with meaningful words There are very few very fuckin' few people Kia who get what's precious in this world They work their asses off for pure shit and think they'd fight and die to keep it You don't fight and die for shit You fight and die for things that matter You are the first woman I've met outside a life that leads you to understand that shit who gets that And straight up baby you gotta know I like that a fuckuva lotWow wow wow Heaven and Hell is another gem and wonderfully penned by Kristen Ashley She delivers in spades Sam strongly reminds me of Tate Sampson Cooper what a name is another badass no holds barred I'm in charge and protecting what's mine hero A wonderful specimen of male miracle who sparkles his very special magic Wow I feel dizzy I'm drooling and I am meeeelting away here He is an alpha male who pushes every right button of a woman's mind and body and I think he gives the female population a tingly feeling in their tummies MmmmI can feel the butterflies Sam and Kia had such great chemistry As always there is a superb cast of secondary characters and Kristen did a fine job in developing the main and the secondary characters through very good dialogs and emotions The plot was good and as always I just love Kristen's ability to create so much intimate momentsKristen is such an incredibly gifted story teller She makes me smile and laugh she renders me speechless at times And she makes me cry Moreover it's always such a pleasure reading and reviewing her stories; I feel deeply contentHeaven and Hell is a powerful and emotional story and I think it's a shout out to everyone to stand up against abuse We mustn't tolerate it in any form Sam mentioned Fearless and I'm there So little words and they mean the world in Heaven and Hell This story touched me to my very coreKia was in hell and ultimately found her heaven On top of that she brought Sam a piece of heaven too She said Anywhere is heaven as long as it's an anywhere with youThank you Kristen for offering the reader a piece of heaven Very highly recommended


  8. says:

    We all have heard the expression “When hell freezes over” Right?Well down in the firey depths of Hell they must be feeling pretty cold Cos that day must have come Who would have thought the day would come when me Mo Mrs Tate Jackson would not LIKE a KA book Not me I can tell ya Did not see it coming well maybe I did – as I started this one last year and got about 25% in and stopped reading it as it was just annoying the shit out of meWas it the Hero?Was it the Heroine?Was it the Mom the Dad the Sheriff the friends the dog?Kia sure got it by the end of the book I’m sure cos he asked her often enough did she “get him”? and the WHISPERSThe word “whispered” or a variation thereof was mentioned FOUR HUNDRED AND EIGHT TIMES in the book I counted every single one – God Bless kindle searchHe whispered she whispered Dad whispered Mom whispered even the fucking Sheriff whispered at one stage It was driving me insaneWas waiting for the dog to start whispering Instead he just started to I love dogs but Memphis wanted you to shut the fuck upI think La Lionne might be right and I might still be suffering from TOS syndrome Because lately I have been finding it very hard to stick with a book I need to I mean usually I love posting HOT guys as the Heroes in my books but I just could not muster up the energy to look for someone who looked like Sam Actually I can think of someone I can useMost of you probably know what I think of this fella Yeah you're right about as much as I thought of the bookNow I wouldn’t go so far as to say I HATED the book but it did not FOR MEMost of the time I was just plain boredWell for all that I did not like the book I sure as Heaven and Hell spent enough time reviewing itThe reason I did not give it any stars was because I DNF


  9. says:

    Spoiler Free Review I loved this book5 STARS out of 5Genre Adult Contemporary Romance SAFE FEARLESS ONWARD INSEPARABLE GENTLE DRIFTING PATIENCE Sigh I really loved this book “Make him work to unlock your secrets my Kia she whispered Do not accept another man in your life who does not rise to that challenge and do it gallantly” Celeste in Heaven and HellI love Celeste It is so rare that you find true friends in life let alone adulthood And Kia did just that while vacationing EuropeI spent a lot of this book saying poor Kia oh poor Kia Totally unaware that I would soon be saying poor Sam oh no Oh God no poor Sam This book was soooo amazing I recommend it for all romance lovers Yes it is emotional and yes you may shed a tear but it is so worth it Every good love story isKia Clementine has just ended a seven year stint in HELL With a husband who would beat her whenever he felt like it Now he is gone Her life changes and suddenly she gets a windfall Five million to be exact What's a girl to do? Why travel the world of course And so she doesWhile on vacation in Europe Kia cross paths with Sampson Cooper A well known famous guy loved by many including Kia He is an ex football player who left the NFL to join the military Sampson Cooper is known as a hero to the world Once Sam lays eyes on Kia he decides she is gonna be his And so she is his Sam then makes it very clear that this is not a vacation fling And Kia agrees Sam knows that Kia has been hurt he knows that she experienced pain no one should have to endure And he intends to show her what it should really feel like to be loved by a man Kia starts to give Sam everything Ever so willingly but she soon realizes that Sam is not giving her his all in return He has secrets And those secrets torment him daily When Kia wants answers Sam does not give them This causes trouble in paradise Leaving Kia feeling left out when he fails to share that piece of himselfThoughtsI loved it I even had to bust out the use of the highlighter on this one This book did not just give you a sentence or a phrase that would rock your world Oh no this book was filled with spoken one word answers that sped up my heart as i read them So of course i had to highlight themGrinsSAFE FEARLESS ONWARD INSEPARABLE GENTLE DRIFTING PATIENCE Some were used than once and every time my heart sped up just a little at the implications they meant for Kia I loved the secondary love story built in to Heaven and Hell And I loved all the secondary characters they brought a lot of spunk drama and laughs Phrases that caused me to GASP say Awwwww or Smile mind you sometimes I did all three at the same time “You got one life never use it just to breathe” “Anywhere is heaven as long as it's with you” “Fuck me how a woman can be so transparent and so full of shit at the same time is beyond me but baby you got it down to an art”“I’m gonna take care of you” Sam whispered against my lips “Okay” I whispered back” Two choices I eat you then fuck you in bed then we shower or I eat you in bed then i fuck you in the shower Fave Scene was when Kia was talking to her dad over the phone after announcing that she has a new man in her life Check it outDad all the things you might think he is he is but he's He's very wise and he's very protective and he can be gentle Gentle Dad whispered and i felt my throat close My girl deserves gentleMy RatingsCharacters Amazing and LovableWriting Style ExcellentPlotStoryline Highly Emotional Savory and SexySteam Factor HighVery SteamyOverall I LOVED IT READ IT Now go forth and read Then come tell us all about it on Goodreads


  10. says:

    I was in a bit of a book rut and this title was suggested to me by one of my awesome GR friends Thank you Crystal Since this book was already on my Kindle for months listening to Crystal and reading it this weekend was Let me tell you what I liked about itAnd here is what I didn't likeYep That pretty much sums up this book in a nutshell For me anyhowTHIS is Kristen Ashley at her best IMO Even though At Peace still remains my #1 book of hers this one just took the #2 spot and Sam easily made it onto my top 5 KA alphas listI am in LOVE with both characters in this story So much so that this book also made it onto my best couple award shelf Kia is one of the most lovable heroines of Kristen's since Lexie of Lady Luck I can't pick a single thing she didsay to get on my nerves and that usually NEVER happensSam is just Sam I mean the guy is just perfect in every way Stuff he says does feels OMG I love the supporting cast I love the cameos by somes of my favorite characters from other books of Kristen's Joe Ryker Lee need I go on?? I love this story I cried so much in this book but they were sad AND happy tears as wellI must say that I should have learned a long time ago to stop judging books by their covers literally especially when it comes to Kristen's books I think that's part of the reason it took me this long to get into her books to begin with the covers never really spoke to meI am sure I'll add some to this review once I stop reeling but that's all for nowIf you are a fan of Kristen's and haven't read this book yet do yourself a favor and give it a shot I don't think you'll regret itCheersSam Kia